Hello there GB!
I have an apple tree in my back garden that I have only ever tended for,
I've never picked the apples but I'm considering it this year.
Each time I have attempted the apples have been covered in a white
substance. I assumed it was just plant semen.
It was kind of gross so I just left it, I don't know why it was covered
with this semen like lubricant but it did not smell, taste or look
None of my friends have had this problem... can any one help?
Is it just the tree, or is someone having me on?
Any information would be very helpfull!
> Each time I have attempted the apples have been covered in a white
> substance. I assumed it was just plant semen.
> with this semen like lubricant but it did not smell, taste or look nice.
Mysterious. Do you mean the fruits or the trees are so covered? There
is a tree disease called southern blight (Sclerotium rolfsii),
colloquially tree mucus, which affects apple trees, but the "mucus" is
on the bark rather than the apples. Common in North America.
Powdery mildew is a white coating, but it's powdery rather than slimy,
and on the leaves rather than the fruit, though I suppose it could get
knocked onto the fruit.
In an area very close to bee hives, plants can get covered in pollen
dropped by bees as they return to their hive, but this covers everything
not just apple trees.
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